Michelle DeMont, M.A.
Serving as a volunteer is a rewarding experience, in which the volunteer and the individual will create a special bond that will last in each others hearts forever. All of my many volunteer experiences I had were rewarding, but there is one in particular that had the biggest impact on me. She was an elderly woman who was permanently blind and 86 years old; her name was Ella. I admired her, loved her, and appreciated what she gave me in the four months that I spent with her at the Braille Institute Center of Oso Viejo,
When I first met Ella she was sitting on the workbench in the craft room at the institute holding her craft bag. I noticed her striking aura that put a smile on my face the moment I saw her. I walked over to her and began a conversation. An immediate connection was made; one that I will hold in my mind forever. Ella would always tell me, "No matter how dark the day may be, you can always see the light." What powerful words to tell a 14 year old girl that would soon need those words of encouragement later on in life. The inner strengths I observed each day in working with Ella, allowed me to understand the difference a disability can affect a person, such as Ella. The experience with Ella enabled me to unlock the door to my own inner strength to cope with my own disabilities I face each day.
In 1998 (19), a car struck me while walking across the parking lot to work. I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other major injuries to my body. I have gone through a tremendous ordeal in coping with my new way of life. I can remember when my Mom (Elaine Gomez) brought me home from the hospital (20 days later), I could not walk, nor sit up on my own. I started to cry and believe that my life was over. I looked to my Mother, whose tears came rolling down her face, trying to hold back the sorrow that engulfed her soul. I knew then I had to find my inner strength. Suddenly, I heard a voice that saved me from despair, I heard Ella. I remembered what she told me 5 years prior, "No matter how dark the day may be, you can always see the light."
Ella saved me from the dark and my Mother, with her constant determination, love, and support, helped me see the light. That is when a Soul Fighter was born and now has become a Foundation to aid and advocate for the disabled, their families, caregivers, and friends. I am a believer in helping those who are unable to speak and/or need help to make a change.
As a disabled individual, I want to carry my strength and self-assertion to demonstrate to others that being disabled gives you the innate attribute to be a leader in society and pass the barriers of justice; hence the Soul Fighter. My purpose with the Soul Fighter Foundation is to offer my services through advocacy and help those with their own struggles and limitations.
I have a Master's Degree in both Sociology and Criminology. I also have a Business Degree in Small Business Management and I am a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Mother & Care Giver
I am disabled
due to a car accident caused by a drunk driver and a devastating fall at my
workplace, which caused neurological damage to my left side, left me with my
own disabilities and injuries. However, regardless of my own daily pain, I gave
up my day to day life to my daughter on that day of November 7, 1998. I wanted
to show my daughter the strength and courage that she would need to over come
her battle of rehabilitation and fight for her life. As a Mother, I could
not sit by and do nothing for my child. I had to fight with her and for her.
Through our struggles, I have seen Michelle become a Soul Fighter.
I have a degree
in Police Science and I have worked with the public for over 35 years studying
behavior, patterns, and social changes.
Our company is
based on the belief that the Disabled Community and their Families are of the
utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs.
As a result, a
high percentage of the Foundation's work is from repeat clients and referrals.
We would welcome
the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you and your families the best
service in the industry of advocacy.